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#3806 of 5378 BMW 325xi 2004 maintenance!
Mar 15, 2008 (8:53 am)
Hello Guys! I have been reading all the posting on this site and I'm very happy that I joined in because it keeps me informed about my car. I have a 325xi '04 with 61,000+ miles on it, I owned the car now and It will be 4 yrs this may '08. I am aware that my 4 yr-service included with my purchase is already done. This is my dilemma, I went to one of the dealership 7 months ago for a regular maintenance/check up as per my indicator on my computer on the dashboard. So the service specialist told me that my car is due for a 14 pt inspection/check and I ask him how much it is, he told me it's going to be $750 for the check, I was a little shock and I just opted for a change oil. I needed an advice for my next service appt due approx. 6 months if I really needed the major inspection or I can just find a good mechanic to check my car. I am planning to keep my car and so far no major problem experienced! Thanks !!!
#3807 of 5378 Disable a service light
Mar 15, 2008 (9:21 am)
I have a 2001 325CI w/ 25K. Dealer diagnosed bad PCV & secondary pump light. Can't afford the $1500 the service dept wants to fix. I heard that you can "short out the light". My question: Anybody know how to "short-out" the lite or easy way to fix w/o taping over the light??
#3808 of 5378 whats a "Body control module"
Mar 15, 2008 (9:25 am)
I have a 2001 325CI. a steering angle sensor (part of traction control) is bad. My warranty won't fix (big suprise) says parts not related, Am I wrong? If so, where is the sensor so I can plug in a new one!
#3809 of 5378 Re: Disable a service light [killorhome]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 15, 2008 (9:26 am)
If you're trying to beat emissions (not saying you are) that won't work because even with the light disconnected the problem will show up on the control station's computer. Otherwise, a little tape isn't a bad idea. You'd best be sure you know the actual problem, though, before you drive on .
#3810 of 5378 Re: 2003 BMW 325i Battery Drain [lasvegas325]
Mar 15, 2008 (9:28 am)
I have a 2001 325 & while long term storage, battery ran down quickly (3wks) but my car didn't have full alarm. I ended up paying for new battery.
#3811 of 5378 Re: Disable a service light [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 15, 2008 (9:41 am)
Thanks for the quick reply. Nah, no offense taken, drivability & emissions checks aren't the problem/concern. Just that stupid light illuminated in my face everyday!!
#3812 of 5378 Re: maintenance? [sunilb]
Mar 15, 2008 (9:49 am)
There are 2 plans for a used BMW. A warranty plan usually termed "silver/gold" etc. which covers powertrain electrical repairs & a "maintenance care plan" which will cover oil etc. When i purchased my used warranty from BMW, a maintance car plan wasn't even offered & only a limited warranty. If maintance isn't free (very unlikely), i'd either just get oil changed ($65-85) & skip the expensive "checks" or find somewhere cheaper than BMW service(just about anywhere)
#3813 of 5378 Re: BMW 325xi 2004 maintenance! [jodan]
Mar 16, 2008 (11:11 am)
So the service specialist told me that my car is due for a 14 pt inspection/check and I ask him how much it is, he told me it's going to be $750 for the check, I was a little shock and I just opted for a change oil. I needed an advice for my next service appt due approx. 6 months if I really needed the major inspection
If the car was due for an Inspection II it SHOULD have been performed- either by a dealer or a good BMW independent shop(see below). BMWs need to be maintained by the book, or the repair costs will get you. In most cases, the best way to keep maintenance costs reasonable is to find a GOOD independent BMW tech; you will save 25%-50% on service compared to the dealer. You should also join the BMW Car Club of America, which will provide benefits such as technical advisors and 10%-20% discounts on parts and/or labor at many BMW dealers and independent shops. As you probably know, modern BMWs use a Service Interval Indicator to inform the driver when routine maintenance is required. On a 2004 E46 an oil change will be called for at 15,000 mile intervals. A minor service(Inspection I) will come up at 30,000 miles and a major (Inspection II) service at 60,000 miles. An oil change using synthetic oil will cost $60-$100, an Inspection I $150-$300, and an Inspection II $450-$800. Coolant must be changed every three years-using BMW Coolant ONLY, while the DOT4 brake fluid gets flushed every two years. In the newer cars I change the so-called "Lifetime" ATF fluid or manual transmission oil and the final drive oil every 50,000 to 60,000 miles. On an AWD vehicle you should change the transfer case fluid as well. I also change the oil myself at 7,500 mile intervals using Mobil 1 0W-40 and a BMW filter. Note that my cost numbers are approximate. For example, if you change the oil yourself using a BMW filter and Mobil 1 or BMW synthetic the cost will be $45. Based on my experience, a BMW 3 Series like yours will usually cost $50-$75 per month to maintain. Please don't take offense, but if you are unable or unwilling to maintain your BMW properly you should probably look for a vehicle which does not require quite so much care.
#3814 of 5378 Any respectable non-dealer shops?
Mar 17, 2008 (6:18 am)
I own a 2006 330i that has 33,000 miles. I'm already starting to get nervous about when the warranty is up. I owned a 1998 M3 before and was unable to find someone I could trust to take my car to. I hate to say it, but i really feel like i'm going to be ripped off by car shops. I'm a woman who knows very little about cars so i'm not in a position to challenge when they come with all these things that so-called need to be fixed. So I thought I would start my search now for anyone that knows or can recommend a place I can take my car. The dealers are just too darn expensive. I live in the Wilmington, DE area and travel to the Washington DC area alot. So anywhere in between there or even Philadelphia area would be convenient. Thanks!